Welcome to Horse Basics 


Have you heard about Marching Madness? No? Well you soon will! It's time to get off the couch and get out there with your horse! For the month of March, record the time you spend ground working your horse. It can be longeing, showmanship, ground driving, liberty work, or just romantic walks! Whatever you do it just has to get you and your horse moving to the beat of some sort of plan.
If you're interested in joining in on the Madness just drop me a note and tell my your name and the horse you'll be hanging out with? Report your time invested at the end of March and you'll be eligible for some great prizes! If you'd like more information you can visit Marching Madness on Facebook. I'll be posting details, sponsors, and ideas for you to work on with your horse. It's just about getting out there! Be prepared to keep a time journal and set some sort of goal for yourself for the month, whether that's a specific task or two, or just a set amount of time that you'd like to spend. 
It's that simple! And best of all, it's free to enter!
If you'd like to sponsor a prize we'd love that! It can be anything like a gift certificate, craftwork, equipment, coaching, facility use, club memberships, books, jewelry, whatever you have to offer? The person with the most time invested will have first choice of prizes and so on until the prize table is empty. So far we have an amazing number of sponsors lined up who will receive professional advertising on the Marching Madness FB page that can be shared for further exposure. 

It's time to break out of hibernation and join the fun!  

A special thanks to our incredible 2021 Marching Madness Challenge sponsors:

Anonymous     Warwick Schiller Training Flag    $35 
Canadian Cowgirls    Terry Jenkins    Straight Arrow Gift Basket    $75 
Canadian Cowgirls    Terry Jenkins    Straight Arrow Gift Basket    $75 
Canadian Recreational Horse & Rider Association  Jack deWit 2021 CRHRA individual membership    $33 
Canadian Recreational Horse & Rider Association  Jack deWit 2021 CRHRA individual membership    $33 
Carol McIsaac  Pommel bag    $35 
Charlie Hill Equine    Jessica Hayter    Arena time for up to 3 riders    $150 
Charlie Hill Equine    Jessica Hayter    Arena time for up to 3 riders    $150 
Charlie Hill Equine    Jessica Hayter    Arena time for up to 3 riders    $150 
Charlie Hill Equine    Jessica Hayter    Arena time for up to 3 riders    $150 
Charlie Hill Equine    Jessica Hayter    Arena time for up to 3 riders    $150 
Elite Equine Supplies    Renae Glennon Elite Equine Gift Certificate    $50 
Happy Hoof Photography    Kathy Norad-Barber    Happy Hoof Photography Photo Shoot    $100 
Happy Trails Horse Park    Linda Ottenthaler Campagnolo    Two Happy Trails Horse Park Passes    $40 
Harley's Equestrian Park    Michelle Seguin    Marching Madness Champion plaque    50 
Harley's Equestrian Park    Michelle Seguin    Jason & Bronwyn Irwin Gift Certificate    $50 
Harley's Equestrian Park    Michelle Seguin    Sliding Stop Saddle Shop Gift Certificate   $50 
Harley's Equestrian Park    Michelle Seguin    Trout Creek Feed Store Halter Gift Basket    $50 
Harley's Equestrian Park    Michelle Seguin    Windsong Ranch Gift Certificate    $50 
Harley's Equestrian Park    Michelle Seguin    Kris Simpson Gift Certificate     $50 
Harley's Equestrian Park/Sherwood Equine    Michelle Seguin/Melissa Williams    Sherwood Equine Gift Certificate    $100 
Heather's Sewing    Heather Baulk-Smith    Five Horse Theme Face Masks    50 
Horse Basics    Karen Dallimore    Horse Basics Gift Certificate    50 
Restoration Ranch    Samantha McFadyen    Two Restoration Ranch Park Passes    $50 
Rustic Meadows    Joanne Milton    Sidesaddle lesson    $50 
Stryder Eventing    Siobhain O'Connor    Riding Lesson    $75 
Tracey Russell  Greenhawk or Pleasant Ridge Gift Certificate    $50 
Trout Creek Feed Store    Lianne Moore    Cowboy Décor Salt & Pepper Shaker     $50




If you have any ideas of workshops you'd like to see or give here in 2021 season, give me a call or text to 519-855-1127. They have to be affordable, interesting, and fun! I encourage people who want to promote their equine services to host a workshop here - you present, I host. Call me for details. All of this. of course, will be structured based on applicable Provincial Covid protocols; we reserve the right to make adjustments as required.

Worshops are demonstration events for people only. We use volunteers from our trusty Sweet Grass herd as required. Here are some of the workshops we've held in the past:

Saturday December 5, 2020 - Basics of Ground Driving 
This is a two part workshop. The morning session from 10 am to noon will be a ground driving demonstration with one of our Sweet Grass Farm horses. I will show you how to set up a horse to ground drive and tell you about all of the ways this skill can be useful to you and your horse or pony.  
In the afternoon (1-3 pm) you will have a chance to work with one of our horses to try out ground driving for yourself.  
Each session is only $25! Come for both sessions for only $50. Pre-payment is required. This is a 'people only' workshop - no need to bring a horse. 
There is a limit of 4 people to ensure social distancing. Bring your own lunch or snacks. This event will be held in an indoor arena but please dress appropriately.  
This workshop can also be held privately or semi-privately at any time. 
E-mail me at karen.dallimore (at) gmail.com to reserve your spot. 

Saturday January 26, 2019 – Making a Rope Halter – Bring your horse’s head measurements and Darlene Sharpe will show you how to make a custom rope halter. All materials supplied. 

Saturday February 23, 2019/ Sunday March 24, 2019 – Basics of Roping with Lisa Graham. In this clinic you have a chance to learn how to set up your rope, swing a rope and throw a rope. Learn how to keep your loop open and how to increase your chances of catching your target or obstacle. You’ll be swinging a rope like an old cowpoke by the end of day. This is ideal for Extreme Cowboy competitors to improve their roping skills. Lisa Graham is a long time equine enthusiast dabbling in many disciplines.  She started riding as an adult and jumped right into the rodeo circuit in her early 20’s. Lisa considers riding a continuous learning journey and is always looking for ways to improve her riding. Lisa will have ropes for sale as well. Please note this is a people only workshop - no need to bring a horse! 

Saturday April 13, 2019 - Basics of Saddle Fitting - Join Heather Doig, RVT, Equine Massage Therapist, and Independent Schleese Western Saddle Fitter for a fun and informative workshop to learn the basics of western saddle fitting. She'll talk about factors affecting the fit or your saddle to you and your horse, review some horse and rider anatomy and biomechanics, and talk about the 9 key points of saddle fit. After a demonstration of the saddle support area and reflex point mapping, she will talk about solutions, empowering you to be your horse's best spokesperson! Individual consultation will be available after the workshop for an extra fee. Sign up soon - this one will sell out quickly! Payment is required to hold your spot.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - Basics of Foaling Workshop - This private event is full. Please call to arrange for me to guide your own personal journey through foaling and learn what to expect when she's expecting based on my experience as a midwife over 8 years, delivering more than 300 foals.

For more information please watch for announcements on the Horse Basics Facebook Page, visit horsebackwriter.net, call/text 519-855-1127 or email karen.dallimore (@) gmail.com

Goals Group 2021 

Make it your goal to join us in 2021! Goals in the past have included western dressage, trail riding, roping, trailer driving, longing and fitness, getting into a routine and getting everything done, aka time management, and many others. 

What do you want to achieve with your horse? If you’re not sure, or you know what you want but don’t know how to get there, consider joining us for Goals Group in 2021. English or western, novice or advanced, recreational or competitive, everyone needs a goal. 

This program begins with a Goals Workshop in February and is followed up with monthly meetings throughout the year. I can help you to discover your horse-related dreams, develop them into specific and achievable goals using SMART goal setting, then map out and follow a strategy to make them happen.  

Everyone is invited to host or co-host a monthly get together - a 'Fun Day' - with the rest of the group to enjoy their support and encouragement as we share our goals and check in. Internet access is recommended to share your monthly progress reports with the group via a private Facebook page. All breeds and disciplines are welcome. We wrap up in November with a potluck dinner and a re-cap of the year. You'll discover the power of friendship and networking that will have you coming back every year for more. Cost: $175 per person for the entire year!

Goals Workshop 

Get a few friends together for a cup of tea and a goal workshop here at Sweet Grass Farm. I’ll take you through your dreams and help you to shape them into reality; I can help you reach your goal but only if you have one! By the time you head home, you’ll have a plan. 

At any time you can call me to arrange your own personal goal-setting workshop to explore and assess the possibilities of what you can achieve with your horse. 

Private & Semi-Private Lessons 

Private or semi-private lessons are available with one of our horses or you can bring your horse to Sweet Grass Farm near Orton. I am an intermediate level rider with broad experience in handling, riding, showing and training. Read more here: who-am-i? Call or text for more information 519-855-1127, e-mail karen.dallimore (@) gmail.com or contact me through my Horse Basics page on Facebook. Cost: $50 per hour includes HST.

If you're on Facebook, please ride on over to the Horse Basics page. There we have some good, respectful discussions that you are welcome to join or ask questions to connect with some insightful horsemen and horsewomen.